In Brief - Education - Nov. 4, 2011

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The Associated Press

Tenured faculty walk off jobs
ST. LOUIS — Tenured educators and those on track to become so walked off their jobs Thursday at Southern Illinois University, pressing administrators of the 20,000-student school to find temporary replacements for the striking workers in hopes of keeping classes unimpeded.

It was not immediately clear how many members of the Faculty Association union participated in the walkout or how many classes or students perhaps were affected by it. That union represents roughly 650 employees, though some 250 of them are dues-paying members.

The university has said it would try to maintain business as usual if there was a strike, relying on replacements including retired professors or other colleagues of those picketing. On the university’s Facebook page, Chancellor Rita Cheng urged students to attend their classes Thursday, insisting they “will meet as regularly scheduled” and that the walkout would involve “a limited number of faculty.”

Rod Sievers, a spokesman for the university, said the strike involving educators carrying picket signs outside the campus’ main entrances — and a half dozen or so outside the building housing the chancellor’s office — should have “minimal impact” on classes they teach.

Administrator paid $506K
ALBANY, N.Y. — A public spending watchdog says the highest public school salary outside New York is more than $506,000.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy also says four districts have average teacher salaries over $95,000.

The center’s report is on its website: www.SeeThroughNY .net .

It includes regional breakdowns that identify schools and employees by name and list salaries.